From this past game, it is clear there are few recognizable areas in which the Broadway Blueshirts lack. But after tonight’s game, David Quinn will have to work with his staff to prepare the team for future battles. The Rangers and Islanders were well balanced and were both in need of two points tonight. After 60 minutes of play, here are our takeaways on the third battle of New York.
The first period was balanced for both squads, with a solid pace of play. The Rangers came out strong, with more of the early chances, including an early powerplay to start the game. When the period came to its end, the Islanders generated multiple shots on goal. Both goaltenders in Igor Shesterkin and Semyon Varlamov were on top of their game and stopped all shots taken from their opponents. The Rangers defense was also able to set eyes on Matt Barzal, limiting him to zero shots on target. The first period ended scoreless with the Rangers shooting 9 shots on goal, and the Islanders shooting 7.
If you thought the first period was fast, well then buckle up. The second period wasn’t just relentless. It contained even more action, with some grit from the New York rivals. This time, it was the Islanders coming out with more opportunities, including Brock Nelson’s speed shot to the net. The Rangers received another powerplay and failed to capitalize on the man advantage. Although the Rangers didn’t score a power-play goal, Phil Di Giuseppe and K’Andre Miller were able to get the job done. The two left-handed shots were able to generate many beneficial plays to keep the game scoreless at 0-0. The period ended with 14 shots on net for the Islanders, and 10 for the Broadway Blueshirts. Final tallied shots summed up to 20-19 in favor of the Islanders.
To sum up the final period of play, the Islanders took the game home by a score of 2–0. Semyon Varlamov once again shut out the Rangers in a very close contest. The Rangers kept pushing and had two game-changing opportunities. One by Artemi Panarin on a breakaway, and the other by Mika Zibanejad. Panarin sniped at the glove side of Varlamov and had been stopped. Many, if not all fans thought would have been a goal. Zibanejad chose to dangle through his legs instead of passing to Chris Kreider and was stopped by the Islander goalie’s pads. About three minutes later, Casey Cizikas scored a tap-in giving the Islanders a 1-0 lead. After one minute had gone by, a late pass from Barzal to Matt Martin put the Islanders up by 2 goals. The final result of play was 2-0 with an Islanders win.
Rangers- The Rangers take on the Boston Bruins on a Wednesday Night Hockey Showdown at home on February 10th at 7:00 PM.
Islanders- The Islanders will play the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 11th, also on home ice at 7:00 PM.